In my mind it is much more important that you get to know YOUR own style (body type, styling details and favorites), rather than the overall trends. As I´ve said many times before, real style and fashion sense cannot be copy-pasted from a fashion magazine or blog. It must be genuine and yours by knowing who you are. So, I spend my time reading about fashion underground cultures, fashion history, the innovation, reality and about the people working in it. Pick my favorites and mix them up as I please.
Some things in fashion never go out of style. They are classics and eternal trends. Actually, when you´ve been in the game as long as I have you´ll notice that fashion doesn´t really change that much from one year to another. They just spin pretty much the same stuff around. This post series is written to introduce you to some of those trends. If you base your wardrobe on them, you will never go out of style.
Remember, the best styling tips are to smile, to have good posture and comfortable shoes/heels.
ARMY GREEN, ARMY SURPLUS
Fashion has recruited military style again and again. Virtually every factor of the military has been employed in civilian fashion sooner or later, including epaulets, ball buttons, khaki adapted from the British military in India, and olive drab. Special sartorial heroes have included A‐2 aviators' leather jackets, pea jackets, aviator glasses, and camouflage adapted to daily use. Braid as reinforcement and decoration, plastrons and double‐breasted chests as double protection for the heart. Military fashion enters the civilian wardrobe in varied ways. The trench coat for example, made first and continuously by Burberry of London for WWI service for officers needing protective cloth, closings, and latched wrists and collar, has become a basic of dress for both men and women. Its origins in officers' coats are remembered in name, but many today might more readily associate the coat with glamorous espionage and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, even as contemporary fashion specifications for most trenchcoats include vestigial D‐rings (designed for hand grenades) still worn by modern suburban commuter‐warriors. Some apparel from World War II waited a generation or more to be accepted in civilian fashion. The fatigue jacket was introduced to service in 1943, the same jacket, beginning with military surplus, became popular fashion in the 1970s, ironically largely associated with militant antiestablishment advocates of Black Power and the Vietnam Antiwar movement. The subjective but powerful value of military clothing can be demonstrated by the fact that war protesters of the 1970s frequently wore anachronistic military gear to express their opposition to the war of their time. Camouflage and desert camouflage—especially after the Persian Gulf War—has been widely adopted in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1988, fashion designer Stephen Sprouse used Andy Warhol's red‐yellow‐blue camouflage for clothing that would have made any wearer stand out in a crowd.
I like to use second hand army surplus because the quality is excellent and it is cheap. With a few modifications mens basic military wear is perfect for me.